2015 All-America City Quilt Tour Begins
The 2015 All-America City quilt begins a year-long tour across the United States today, departing from Denver, Colorado, home of the National Civic League (NCL).
Since 2007, All-America City finalists have created quilt squares that reflect the spirit of their communities. The designs often include images or words representing a unique feature, landmark or motto of the individual communities. The quilt will stop in each finalist community for several days and will be displayed in public buildings and community centers.  The quilt is a fitting symbol for the All-America City Award experience, which brings together diverse communities and people to create a greater whole.
The National Civic League's flagship program, the All-America City Awards (AAC), recognizes ten communities each year for outstanding civic accomplishments.  AAC seeks to highlight and promote innovative approaches communities are using to address long-standing municipal problems. The 2015 AAC Awards spotlighted exemplary efforts by cities and communities to engage and support vulnerable boys and young men in reaching their full potential.
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"Southwest Airlines' sponsorship of the All-America City quilt is an opportunity to join the National Civic League in recognizing extraordinary youth and adults working together in their communities from across our country," said Jane McAtee, Regional Leader, Community Affairs and Grassroots, Southwest Airlines.
The tour will begin in Marana, Arizona and continue on to each 2015 finalist community in alphabetical order by state: Carson, CA*;Salinas, CA*; Stockton, CA*; Orlando, FL;Tallahassee, FL*; Quincy IL; Somerville, MA*;Tupelo, MS*; Geneva, NY*; Asheboro, NC;Marshall, TX*; Petersburg, VA; Spokane, WA*; and Yakima, WA*.  (*denotes 2015 winner)
"We'd like to thank Southwest Airlines for supporting the quilt tour again this year," said National Civic League President Gloria Rubio-Cortes. "The national quilt tour provides these communities another opportunity to publicly share their stories and projects and celebrate their successes in building inclusive communities."
The 2016 All-America City Awards will be held in June in Denver. It will celebrate community-wide efforts to ensure all children are healthy and supported to succeed in school and life. Learn more about the All-America City Awards and how to apply by visiting http://www.nationalcivicleague.org/the-all-america-city-award/

National Civic League thanks the 2015 All-America City Award Sponsors:

 W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; Southwest Airlines, The Official Airline of the All-America City Awards; Annie E. Casey Foundation; Greenberg Traurig; PCL Construction; Alameda Gateway Community Association; Mile High United Way; Kaiser Permanente Denver Region; FirstBank; City of Dublin, California; City of Rancho Cordova, California; City of Aurora, Colorado; City & County of Denver, Colorado; City of Lakewood, Colorado; City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; City of Gladstone, Missouri; City of Hickory, North Carolina; Delta Dental of Colorado; and the Skillman Foundation.